In 2013-2014 I presented a paper in Lisbon, Portugal, earned a Fulbright, and moved to Stockholm, Sweden. I spent the year interacting with local musicians and studying death metal, politics, folk, and mythology. My days were spent in a studio writing an opera, and nights at metal clubs (and often these things blurred together).
My life has gone by academic years for far too long. Academic year 2014 begins my life outside academia (even though the doctorate is a dissertation away). I'm now a systems engineer.
From that, you know most all there is to me other than this one fact: tonight I made macaroni and cheese with broccoli, spinach, lots of garlic, and shrimp for dinner, from scratch. I drank a nice red wine while preparing the feast.